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Trust Governance

SHARE Multi-Academy Trust has a Strategic Board of Directors whose combined skills offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to ensure the Trust remains true to its aims and objectives, and complies with all statutory obligations as prescribed by the DfE, EFA and The Charity Commission.

Welcome to our Board of Directors

Nick Wilson 

Nick is Chair of Governors at Shelley College and a Director and Chair of the SHARE Multi - Academy Trust. After training as a Printmaker at Leeds Polytechnic where he gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design, Nick has spent his career working in and with the Arts. He has considerable experience in business, starting and growing a successful multi-million-pound manufacturing business, selling their products in the UK, Europe and the United States. He has also spent time as a local councillor on Denby Dale Parish Council.

Nick has been a Governor for over 7 years and has a keen interest in ensuring the Schools under his remit perform to the best of their abilities. Nick has two daughters, both attending first school, and is a season ticket holder at his beloved Huddersfield Town FC. Gardening and history are his two big hobbies, and he lists owning a WW2 Russian T34 tank as one of his least sensible decisions!

Victor White 

Vic is a SHARE Multi-Academy Trust Director and the Chair of Governors at Heaton Avenue Primary School, where he’s been on the Governing Body since 1992.

After 42 years at HMRC in a wide variety of roles including management, training, investigation and recruitment, to name but a few, Vic took early retirement in 2016 to spend more time travelling the canal network on his narrowboat, reading military history and enjoying the delights of real ale.

Vic is married with two children and two grandchildren who all attended Heaton Avenue Primary School.

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Mark Day 

Mark is Vice Chair of Governors at Heaton Avenue Primary School and a Director of the SHARE Multi-Academy Trust.

He works for an international liquid packaging and processing company and has been involved in operational, change and strategic roles. He is currently responsible for driving forward part of the business globally.

Mark lives together with his partner and their two children in Cleckheaton and has been involved as a school governor for over six years.

 Marie Guest

Marie joins the team as a Director for SHARE Multi-Academy Trust in July 2017 and brings with her a wealth of Human Resources experience having worked as a senior generalist across a range of industries from education software development and manufacturing, to premium brands and creative design.  With a Masters in Personnel and Development from Westminster University, Marie has a passion for working with organisations to get the very best out of their people, from coaching individuals to realise their potential through to creating effective ways of working which drive clarity and accountability.

Originally from London, Marie has a school age son and enjoys music, running (though she's definitely no Paula Radcliffe) and as many camping trips as the Yorkshire weather will allow.

Tom Kitching  

Tom is a SHARE Trust Director, Governor at Heaton Avenue Primary School and Senior Manager for a global IT services company.  Having worked internationally in IT for almost 20 years, with the last 7 focussed specifically on the Education industry, Tom is able to offer a professional insight and experience into many of the technology challenges being faced by the Trust.

As a Senior Manager and a graduate of Leeds University in the field of Social Sciences, he is also experienced in the human challenges presented to organisations, particularly around managing large scale changes, acquisitions and mergers.

Tom takes the role of being a SHARE Director very seriously, regularly challenging the schools/trust and ensuring that the needs of students are always at the forefront of our actions.  Tom notes that he has developed a healthy respect for the hard work and dedication of the teaching staff in the face of constant challenges and is encouraged most when he sees evidence of students being given the opportunity to shine in their own way and for the recognition that “genius” can manifest itself in many different ways.

Tom is married with 3 children and in his spare time has an interest in practising martial arts, playing guitar and Lego building projects with the kids!

Interestingly, Tom flew solo at 17 years old, before having a driving license!

Michelle Lee 

Michelle is the Director for Primary Education in the SHARE Multi-Academy Trust and Headteacher at Heaton Avenue Primary School, Cleckheaton. It is a school that has more than doubled in size in the last few years. It was previously a small First School and was identified as having outstanding practice in all areas, by Ofsted before it became a 2 form entry primary school.  Michelle has also served as a Headteacher in a small school in a deprived area of Kirklees and under her leadership it improved its results from an E* to an A*.

She has experience of working as a National Leader of Education working with several schools and Headteachers who need support in school improvement.

Michelle feels that schools are an integral part of the community, where everyone works together to enable children to feel valued & respected so that children are empowered to always give their best. This is done through a curriculum that develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding with drivers that provide opportunities for children to recognise and highlight possibilities, enterprise, emotional awareness and enquiry.

John McNally  

John McNally is the Principal at Shelley College and CEO of the SHARE Multi-Academy Trust. He has over 17 years of experience as a senior leader in schools, including two leaderships; he is a National Leader of Education and a registered OFSTED Inspector.

John has an MBA in Educational Management and has industry experience prior to starting his career in education. He has taught in secondary schools and has enjoyed learning from working with primary schools as the trust has developed.

John believes that great schools can help all pupils develop positive attitudes to the world around them that can last a lifetime.  This means providing a varied, rich curriculum, a willingness to work hard and the ability to build strong, supportive relationships.  In his view, “Our belief in ‘Valuing People, Supporting Personal Best’ encapsulates everything we try to achieve as schools.  If we remember that we are all about developing people (both staff and pupils) and encourage everybody to try their absolute best in the circumstances, we can be both successful and enjoy our work”.

In his spare time, John is a sports enthusiast, both supporting and participating and is always willing to give things a try.  This attitude has led him to complete marathons and triathlons, although the knees are starting to complain now!  He has four children, two of whom are still quite young and run rings around him!  When not spoiling his children, he also likes to travel.


Local Governing Bodies

The Strategic Board of Directors are supported by four local Governing Bodies operating under a Scheme of Delegation.  The work of the local Governing Bodies is of paramount importance and a clear scheme of delegation has been created within statutory regulations, to allow as much local decision making as possible.  All who support and work within the Trust are focused on its charitable objectives and Directors and local Governing Bodies make a commitment to uphold the objectives in undertaking their roles.  Details of local Governing Bodies can be found on each of the school’s websites.